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History of Lindemans

The Lindemans name is very much a part of the Australian wine story.

Dr Henry Lindeman arrived in Sydney in 1840 and was one of the pioneers of the vine in Australia. He planted the Cawarra vineyard in 1843 and went on to become one of the larger and better producers in the Hunter Valley region. In 1851 he became a victim of crime when someone burnt down his winery and he lost everything. Instead of heading of to an insurance broker, he toddled off to regain his fortune in the gold fields, as legend has it, and came back more determined to rebuild his dream.

Things did progress pretty well for a while, but expansion plans landed Dr Lindeman in default with the bank and it took 24 years before Lindemans the brand would again be a major player in the industry.

It was icon wines such as Ben Ean moselle that ultimately would put the brand back on the map. Still with a focus in the Hunter Valley, it wasn’t until the mid 60s that Lindemans entered South Australia and purchased the Rouge Homme vineyards and winery.

It was this development which ultimately enabled the development of wines such as Lindemans Trio, of which Limestone Ridge is a part.

In 1981 Lindemans was the third largest vineyard holder in Coonawarra behind Wynns and Mildara. Gobbled up in the Penfolds buying frenzy in the 1990s, it remains an icon brand for what is today Southcorp and one of the largest wine companies in the world.

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